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Deedy, Carmen Agra.
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
ISBN 1561455954
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For Skilley, a ragged eared cat with multiple scrapes, scars and a broken tail, the famous pub, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese seems like the perfect place to relax. Famous for the grandest cheese in England, the pub is infested with fat mice indulging themselves. Tired of a life scavenging and battling other Toms for food, Skilley finds he’s ready for a change. He slinks in the front door of  Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Noticing his “cruel-looking” appearance, the innkeeper realizes almost immediately this mouser is just what the inn requires. The Cheshire Cheese attracts the finest writers in London, such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, William Makepeace Thackery, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton.  Skilley does notice that Mr. Dickens often curiously examines him. Life soon proves to be difficult at the Inn as the  mice are too clever to manipulate and an old nemesis returns.  H threatens to become the head mouser of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and finish off a fight the two adversaries began long ago. Read to discover the secret that Skilley is too ashamed to share and some unimaginable friendships that change his life forever.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)
SUBJECTS:     Cats -- Fiction.
                        Mice -- Fiction.
                        Cheshire Cheese (Inn) -- Fiction.
                        Taverns (Inns) -- Fiction.
                        Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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